Weekend Wrap Up

It was another very quiet weekend! I missed spending time with my mom today for Mother’s Day! I hope all the other moms had a great day!

Saturday I didn’t even leave the house. I actually spent the day frantically knitting the second sock of my Rome Socks. I got them done and love them as they are smocked. This is the latest pattern in the Knitting Expat’s Around the World in 8 socks. This is the third pair and so far I have loved them all and would definitely make them again!

The yarn I used is left over Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock. I started the sock on a 2mm needle for the cuff but then forgot to increase so the entire sock is done on 2mm. These might be a little tighter than usual, but that might be a good thing. If you look closely you will notice the socks are fraternal twins as I did one cuff down and the second toe up. I think I actually prefer toe up as the Kitchener stitch is not my favorite. I am happy to have these though!

I also exercised on Saturday. Fit On had my workout as an intro to HIIT, but the workout of the day was another HIIT class so I did them both. This may not have been the smartest decision!

Sunday started with my usual dyke run with Sarah and Dennis. We managed 8.5km which is getting closer to 10km. I can’t wait until we are back to doing 10km every week!

I looked and I have 288km left to get to Kathy so I may be running into July for this as I don’t see myself managing 144km for each of the next two months.

The one thing I noticed was that I was sore from my workout yesterday and my heart rate was higher again today. I wonder if there is a correlation there. I thought we were running quite fast, but we were actually running slower than we have been lately. I will do some extra stretching over the next couple of days and see if that helps with the heart rate on Tuesday. I did do a yoga class on FitOn today.

I have been struggling with having so few miles this year so far. I am about a month behind where I was last year, however, I have done more workouts and yoga than I had last year so I am going to celebrate being more well-rounded this year!

Today for knitting I blocked my Ankers sweater and the Rome socks and I worked on the swatch for the shawl test knit I accepted. I have test knit for Josee Paquin before and love her patterns so am excited to do so again. I just can’t decide if I should stash bust and use a chocolate and beige combo or if I should take this as an excuse to order from MidKnit Cravings which is what Josee did the shawl in. For now I have to wait for my swatch to dry and see if I got gauge with it.

I also did some stitching! I was working away and got a little snow section done. I was thinking of/dreading doing the curtain as I was stitching, but when I looked I saw it was a relatively small area. I decided to count the stitches and came up with 394 stitches to finish the curtain. I am a numbers girl so I know I will be motivated by getting this number down. In fact, I’m already down to 367:)

Oh I also finished a book this weekend by Mariana Zapata called From Lukov With Love. This is women’s fiction that has some romance in it. It is a very long, slow burn and more concentrates on a variety of relationships. I really enjoyed it!

Well I’m off to finish my other book, which I unfortunately am just trying to finish and probably won’t recommend.

8 Weeks to Go

This year has gone so fast and I think it’s because I have a good class I enjoy spending time with. The past two years definitely didn’t go this fast!

Sorry for no update this weekend. I didn’t want to overload anyone with two posts yesterday. Friday night I had a drink on a patio with my work mates. Saturday i scrubbed the tub, did dishes, mopped the kitchen floor and then I knitted in Brenda’s backyard with her and finished my hitchhiker shawl

Sunday I ran with Sarah and Dennis, but Kula was having trouble so it was a very interrupted run. My heart rate stayed low. I then made my food for the week and did all my laundry.

Today was a pretty good day even with the staff meeting. We got through journals, a math drill,gym outside, a school survey and Music Monday with no major drama.

The staff meeting went fine – so different when your admin has common sense. We did find out we’ve been working an extra seven minutes a day for the past year at least, maybe two🙄

I came home and did my FitOn workout which was another upper body workout😖 and had to clear my deck off for the Spring Cleaning tomorrow. I did this while my exercise video buffered and decided to wipe everything g down with bleach and water so it will be lovely when I put it back together tomorrow night.

I have knitted a little bit on the body of my Ankers Summer Shirt today, but that is it. The Rome socks are waiting for me, but I need more brain power before tackling them.

I finally have a book to tell you about. My mom had recommended Love Is a Battlefield by Whitney Dinesen to me and I enjoyed it so much that I’m on the third book in the series now. It has a matchmaking momma in it and is wonderfully light, fluffy and entertaining. Definitely a holiday beach read! It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve had a good enough book to recommend!

Well I’m going back to my book, have fun!

AJ

Happy Hump Day

One nice thing is that we are halfway through the first week back. Tomorrow will be the busiest day though:(

Teaching:

Most of my students really are showing their growth. We did chalkboard spelling this morning and everyone is doing really well. We are more than halfway through the alphabet and this is the furthest I have ever gotten in twenty years of teaching!

Students had a few moments to work on their signs of Spring before filing them and going for recess.

It was great as with the principal away again the kids went outside at all breaks regardless of the rain. We went to gym and learned about cardiovascular, strength and stretching and each child got to lead the class. Push-ups were definitely the most popular today so I taught them about hand release push-ups and pike push-ups so maybe next time we’ll get some variety. It is really funny watching grade ones do some of these exercises though🤣

We did a math drill and then went to lunch. I spent all of my breaks today getting the corrections done on my report cards as I want to enter all the info tomorrow into the database. We will see if there is a principal to read them or not as we haven’t seen our principal in almost a month now.

This afternoon we had silent reading while I did a reading group. The kids are doing so well and I do love this time with them!

I had them working to finish up their Fin’s Friends workbook today. I am ready to move on! I need to have a look at the curriculum and see what I still need to cover.

I have to admit I left work pretty quickly because I had been freezing all day! I think I need to knit myself some more scarves, cowls and shawls. I need to figure out a way to make them look springy and light while still having them keep me warm!

Exercise:

Sarah was back today for a run- her first after having Covid. She did really well and it was nice to have company for that 4.25km. Even better it didn’t pour on us like I was expecting!

I came home from that and went directly to do my FitOn video for the day. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was a yoga video. Oh how lovely! I was looking today and while I am thirteen days behind where I was last year in running mileage, I am way ahead in how much time I have spent working out and doing yoga this year. Hopefully this will help my running!

Reading:

Last night I finished the kids Bookclub book called The Wild Robot. I mention it because it was a great read with some really awesome ideas in it. If you have kids or just want a quick, easy read, I would recommend this one. I told my co workers I was sad for the robot and they laughed at me. What can I say, I am highly affected by what I read.

Knitting:

I did a stripe on one of my socks this morning. I don’t have enough of two colours for both socks, so I guess I’ll use one for each sock. I should be able to stand having the first stripe be different on the socks if all the rest are the same. I just thought as I wrote that though that maybe I could shorten the first two stripes too as it’s not like I need socks to be as long on the leg as other people do.

This evening I finally got the chance to pick my Bentley sweater up again and cast on the sleeve. I got ten rows done while listening to the Motivate to Move podcast. I am getting closer!

Well I’m going to sit here and read on my phone and let my nails dry. My students have all commented on my nails. I have lost three since being back at work, but will do my best to keep them asking as possible. Today they became blue as I only have two colours of polish.

Have fun!

AJ

Gone Already

It seems like my holiday went fast and tomorrow it is back to reality. No more lounging in the my fuzzy robe with a cup of tea and my knitting in the morning😥. Tomorrow I will have to hit the ground running! That’s why this will be quick as I have the feeling I’m going to need extra sleep tonight!

Exercise:

I ran 8km on Sunday with Dennis and we got lucky and it wasn’t horribly wet for a change:)

I have also kept up and done my FitOn App workout each day. I wasn’t happy with the Strong Legs one on Saturday as it left my legs tired for my Sunday run, but oh well. It would be nice if they gave you seven and let you put them in the order you want! I can’t wait until I have my high speed data back tomorrow so that the workouts will be short and won’t lag!

Reading:

I have been reading, but nothing that I need to tell you about. I’ll let you know when I hit a really good one.

Socializing:

Yesterday I was napping on my couch when my friend Lyndsay texted to ask if I wanted to go for a walk to the park with her, her son and her dog. It was a lovely afternoon! We got some food from a food truck and then sat in the sun and watched her son at the skate park. I love little outings like this!

House:

I have gotten all of my laundry done and my coffee table tidied, but I’m sad to say, not much else has been done:(. I’m definitely a failure at house cleaning. I got the accessories changed to my summer colour scheme, but I really should have been cleaning instead. I just feel like every where I look needs to be cleaned, but as soon as I clean it, it has to be done again😥

Baking:

I made pancake muffins the other day and they were super delicious. I like them because it feels like you are having a muffin and yet there is very little sugar in them:)

Today I made baked strawberry coconut oatmeal for my breakfasts this week, Tex Mex salad for lunches and ham and peas pasta for dinner. I liked the process I did this week. Usually I spend a few hours in the kitchen making all the food, but today, I just made the dish for my meal and then packaged up the rest for lunches, breakfasts and dinners.

Knitting:

I wanted to show you where all my time had been going. I finished the crochet blanket I was making to just use up yarn.

I also finished my Paris Socks by the Knitting Expat. This yarn is made out of Lady Dye Yarna in 75% SW Merino and 25% Nylon. I had bought it for the Anne of Green Gables KAL with Casapinka, but the colours of yarn just didn’t work for a shawl for me, but I love the main colour for these socks. This pattern was odd because I followed the instructions exactly and yet my pattern looks different than the pattern picture. I am thinking it had to be changed to fit the smaller stitch count. It’s fine with me though as I still like what it looks like.

I have also finished my Bentley Sweater bands and just have the sleeves to do. I managed to join the zoom call for that KAL tonight and it was neat to see what other sweaters looked like.

I have also started my SPY21 socks for this month which are the Meta socks out of the book, Operation Sock Drawer. I am hoping they will use up some little skeins for me.

Well I’m off to bed, have fun!

AJ

Sorry

I don’t know what is happening. I have written posts but they seem to have disappeared.

Teaching:

It’s been very busy with trying to get everything finished and assessed. We did finally have everything done by Friday afternoon.

Exercise:

I went for a run tonight with Dennis. We got 6.5km in. It still feels hard and everyone is saying it is going to take 3-6 months to get back to normal. I don’t think I’m patient enough for that!

Knitting:

I forgot to take my knitting to school with me today but this morning I got a little bit more done on my Bonny top by TinCanKnits. I wanted to knit in the Costco gas lineup but it was crazy out there!

Shopping:

Well anyone who said 2021 was going to be better is not living my life. Three appliances and tonight I had to special order closet doors as my closet is 1.5” short of being a typical size. I get to pay all this money and now have to wait two months:(. I feel like I have done nothing but spend money this year:(

Well I’m going to curl up with my Cindi Madsen book and ignore my life for a bit.

Have fun!

AJ

Sleeping

I’m sorry I suddenly realized this morning that I hadn’t been on here since Tuesday. All I can say is that I’ve been doing a lot of sleeping still when I’m not at work.

Teaching:

I definitely sleep better when I don’t have the stress of going to work but I had forgotten how much I enjoy spending the day with kids. I even heard one the other day saying how fast the days go.🤣 My boys are having a it of difficulty adjusting to my being back, but we’re getting there. I think I have finally found everything and we’re getting there with the work.

Exercise:

You know me- I want to run, workout and do yoga everyday, but I have not been letting myself do that. I’m easing back into this. Tuesday I ran, Wednesday I didn’t plank and a short upper body workout from NourishMoveLove and yesterday I got to go back to my yoga class. (There are only six of us in an entire gym so lots of social distancing). Today I am hoping for a run and a stroll with a friend (my person as I’m single).

Knitting:

Well I actually have two projects on the go! I have started The Bonny by TinCanKnits and the Musselburgh hat in black for a friend for winter. I am hoping to stop at my parents apartment today and steal my mom’s Ott light ( she said it’s okay so I’m not really stealing) so I can get more work done on my cross stitch.

Reading:

I haven’t been reading much. I started a historical romance but can’t seem to really get into it. I feel like I need to find a modern, small town,sweet for right now.

Shopping:

Even with being home I’ve had an expensive week. I ordered the new appliances, paid my utilities and hit up Costco. I did better at Costco than I have in the past. I have been loving my $20 robe I had gotten from there so this time I picked up two new towels for $20. They are bigger than me and felt so soft and squishy!

Well there’s my life in a nutshell and I’ll do my best not to fall behind again!

Have fun!

AJ

Is it three yet?

It’s been another typical quiet weekend, but this evening I’m glad for that!

Exercise:

On Saturday I did yoga and a NourishMoveLove upper body and abs workout. I’m trying to be smart with my knee.

Today I did a 5.76km run with Sarah and a plank.

Reading:

I’ve been reading and finished Next To Me, but it’s not good enough to recommend.

Knitting:

I am working away on my I Scream socks. The legs of both are done and I have turned the heel on one of them. I am hoping to be done by Saturday!

Cooking:

I got busy today and made an Irish Stew from my One Pot Paleo cookbook. It was super yummy, but how could it not be with bacon in it.

House:

Grrrr- it all happens at once! My dishwasher is still broken and after two loads of laundry today, my washing machine decided to break too. Then my teaching buddy texted today she tested positive:(. I called 811 and they have deemed I don’t have to do anything except self monitor as we are good about the masks and space. It was just too much all at once!

I am going to bed with my funny book and pretending this evening never happened!

Have fun!

AJ

Happy Friday Eve!

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday again! My kids have been getting crazier and crazier each day so it all made sense when I saw it was a full moon today.

Teaching:

We had a pretty productive day though I hear my kids got yelled at by other teachers at lunch when they were yelling in the bathroom:(

We got through printing m, music, adding practice, silent reading and our monthly stem challenge.

The kids were super engaged in the stem challenge where they had to create a sledding ramp and see how far their “sled” would go. They got a piece of card stock, a piece of tape and thirty pieces of tape. The sled was the top of my tea container. I think the best was twelve centimeters, but I loved how they just kept going. One little girl cried at the end and one of her classmates gave her an idea to solve the problem. It was great to see!

I finished prep after school, but was super happy to get out of there!

Reading:

I finally finished the third book in the Confectionary series I was reading by Sydney Jane Bailey. I had a bit of trouble getting through the third book, but only because I could see the trouble coming and I’m finding it tough to read angsty books right now. The whole series was fun and well written.

Knitting:

I actually finished my new mitts yesterday, but will share them now. They are the TinCanKnits pattern World’s Simplest Mittens which is free in Ravelry. This is the second time I have made this pattern and I still love it! This time they are made out of Tumble Mountain Fingering held doubled. They are soft and a gorgeous blue colour, though I’m sorry you can’t see that with the bad night photo.

Exercise;

I got to start a new exercise class tonight. A couple of years ago I took athletic yoga and really enjoyed it as it was a challenge. My friend and I wanted to go back but of course it wasn’t happening. It was finally offered again and while it is different, it was still a good class. It is much less aerobic and there are only eight people and it’s only allowed to be 45 minutes, but boy did I feel like I worked hard in those forty five minutes. You get into a yoga pose and then have to do weights or body weight movements. I think I’m going to feel my abs tomorrow!

Well I think that’s all my excitement today.

Have fun!

AJ

Monday

I had absolutely no ambition today, really wanted to just stay in bed with my book!

Teaching:

We got through a journal, music class, gym class of What Time is it Mr. Wolf?, an assessment of place value, and a lesson on hibernation.

The kids were best during the assessment and I actually got the entire class done in one go- unheard of!

At the end of the day we went outside as it was sunny when we went. It started hailing, but the kids didn’t appear to even notice. I was a frozen popsicle by the end though!

I headed out quickly after school as I had a massage.

Reading:

I finished the book The Toffee Heiress by Sydney Jane Bailey. This is the second in the series and I enjoyed it as much as the first and have started on the third book now. It is complete fluff, but happy and enjoyable!

Knitting:

I had started a toque out of the yarn I bought in Burn’s Lake last year, but it just wasn’t right, so I’ve ripped it out and have started on a pair of mitts for myself. For a long time I had a grey pair of the Simplest Mittens in the World by TinCanKnits that I loved, but they got holes in them, so now I am replacing them. I really need to get going as it’s cold outside right now!

Netflix:

I have finished the Canadian Baking Show and Emily in Paris so far and am almost done Virgin River. If anyone knows of any other good chick flick things on Netflix, please let me know.

Well that’s it for my Monday.

Have fun!

AJ

TriviaTuesday

It’s been a busy day!

Reading:

Just before I forget.. I finished a good book last night and started the second in the series this morning. The first was called The Chocolate Duchess by Sidney Jane Bailey. This is complete fluff, but it was fun.

Teaching:

The kids were fine. We got through long I in phonics, a little bit of place value practice, library and a science experiment on why birds fly in a v when migrating.

I really noticed today that some of the kids are noticeably better at things now than they were before Christmas break. It’s great to see.

I was also super happy to see that four children have already moved onto the next level in home reading. Yay! I had a feeling this group would move fast if I could just get the program for them.

I spent my prep and some time after school making an inventory list of our guided reading books. I’m going to use mine to keep track of what books I use with what groups.

Exercise:

I drove over to a nearby River and ran there with Dennis and Sarah. This got my car moving (I had to jumpstart it again yesterday) and got my run in:). It was actually quite a quick run as we were racing the daylight.

House:

My gas fireplace turned itself off again yesterday and wouldn’t come back on so my cousin came again tonight to fix it. I wish I had been more organized and had something on hand to clean the glass. I tried vinegar, but I don’t feel like it did anything:(

Trivia:

There were just four of us for the first round.

What we knew in the first round:

Who are the goalies for the Canucks this year?

Dipieteo, Holtby, Demko

Which province produces the most milk in Canada?

Quebec

Where was the Dodo bird from?

Africa

When was the penny discontinued in canada?

2012

The second round was all music. It went from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, 2010s.

The Kahoot round was tough!

In the final round we knew:

What movie won best picture in 2020 Oscars?

Parasite

Who played the son on Happy Days?

Ron Howard

What is the official language of Egypt?

Arabic

What is the previous name of Mumbai?

Bombay

What element used to be called quicksilver?

Mercury

Spell commitment

In the song Beer for my horses, what do the men drink?

Whiskey

What are the first six words of Dancing Queen by Abba?

You can dance, you can jive

We are sitting in third place overall right now. It’s really bugging me that one of the guys on the team in first always has his phone out though. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but it’s bugging me!!

Have fun!

AJ